Code Name Pauline: 07/23/14
Code Name Pauline by Pearl Witherington Cornioley and Kathryn J. Atwood is the account of her year (and the events leading up to it) in occupied France as a British Secret Agent. It is written for a young adult audience but will appeal to anyone interested in WWII or women's history.
Cécile Pearl Witherington was born in Paris to English parents. After her father's death, she had to help support her mother and sisters. While still living in France during the German invasion, she was employed by the British Embassy. She and her family, though, had to escape, hoping to make it England.
A difficult childhood, the journey out of France, and her fluency in French made her a perfect candidate for the SEO. Except, of course, she had to prove herself because she was a woman.
It's a short but fascinating account of heroism during WWII. It reads like an Alan Furst novel without all the tangents on local customs.